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State Golf

Lynnwood's Caparas wins 4A boys golf state title

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By Tim Martinez
The Columbian
  • Lynnwood's Rudy Caparas won the 4A state title on Thursday.

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    Lynnwood's Rudy Caparas won the 4A state title on Thursday.

CAMAS — Rudy Caparas had a pretty good idea where he stood at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament Thursday as he approached the 18th tee.
But he wasn't positive, and that was just fine with the senior from Lynnwood.
“I was really trying to keep that in the back of my mind and just focus on each hole, each shot,” Caparas said. “But when I got to 18, my coach was saying ‘Just par this hole. Just par this hole.'
“I really wanted to birdie the hole, but finishing your round with a par is always good.”
Actually, a triple bogey would have done the trick, too. Caparas followed up his 1-under 71 on Wednesday with another 71 to post a four-shot win at Camas Meadows.
“I'm speechless,” Caparas said. “I always wanted to win a state championship. So to do it in my senior year is a great way to go out. A state title is a nice thing to have in your pocket.”
Caparas started the day two strokes off the lead. But he had overtaken first-round leader Sean Yi of Thomas Jefferson by the turn and ended up pulling away.
“My driver was on and off today,” Caparas said. “But I was able to keep it in the fairway and put myself in good spots. But it was my putter that really helped me out.”
The weather on the second day was a vast improvement on last year, when Caparas shot an 80 amid rain and win in the second round to fall out of contention for a title. This year the sun came out and so did Caparas' game.
“I loved how it got sunny on the second day,” Caparas said. “It really brings ou the best in the course.”
Snohomish's Luke Kuna, who was second directly in front of Caparas after shooting a 70 in round 1 on Wednesday, shot a 79 on Thursday to finish in a three-way tie for 10th. Teammate Keegan Willis finished with a two-day total of 161 to finish 39th as the Panthers finished 10th with 32 points.
Led by a 13th-place finish by Brian Moon (150), Kamiak took eighth with 40 points. Knights Matt Kornegay finished 27th (155) and Ryan Kerr took 46th (166). Jackson's Arnold Ha finished tied with Kornegay for 27th and Edmonds-Woodway's Dylan Merrill finished 32nd with a two-day total of 157.
Defending champion Brian Humphreys posted a 69 to finish as a runner-up, tying with Yi and Michael Baldridge of Puyallup.
Puyallup took home the team title with 112 points, beating out Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma (76). Camas was sixth with 41.
For full results of all classifications, click here.
3A boys
After shooting a 73 on Wednesday, Stanwood's Halen Davis was even better on Thursday, finishing with a 72. Unfortunately the two golfers ahead of him were even better. Fort Vancouver's Spencer Tibbits and Juanita's Frank Garber either equaled or bettered their rounds from the day before to finish first and second, respectively, in front of Davis, whose two-day total of 145 was good enough for third. Davis' teammate Chase Anderson shot an 88, but his two-day total of 169 was good enough for 47th place and helped the Spartans take seventh with 40 points.
Shorecrest's Trent Jones shot a 76 to finish ninth (153) and Meadowdale's Trevor Frisby posted a 79 to take 34th (160).
2A boys
Archbishop Murphy's Ben Thacker shot a 77 to sneak into the top 10 and help the Wildcats finish sixth with 46.5 points. Thacker finished with a two-day total of 156 to take ninth, while teammate Sean Goldfinch took 25th (168).
4A girls
Kamiak had four golfers finish in the top 40 as the Knights finished fifth with 41 points. The Knights were led by Katherine Choi, who finished 19th with a two-day total of 171 points, and Renee Kwak (27th, 176).
3A girls
Glacier Peak's Megan Christie shaved two strokes off her first day score to finish 18th and lead the Grizzlies to a ninth-place finish with 25 points. Christie shot a 87 on Thursday to finish with a two-day total of 176 and teammate Erika Stromerson finished 37th (189).
4A Boys State Championship
At Camas Meadows Golf Course
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: 1. Puyallup 112, 2. Bellarmine Prep 76, 3. Skyline 49, 4. Ferris 46, 5. Central Kitsap 43.5, 6. Camas 41, 7. Eastlake 40.5, 8. Kamiak 40, 9. Kentwood 38.5, 10. Snohomish 32, 11. Richland 21, 12. Tahoma 17.5, 13. Union 0.33.
Individual finishers
1. Rudy Caparas, Lynnwood 71-71—142
2. Mitchell Baldridge, Puyallup 73-73—146
2. Brian Humphreys, Camas 77-69—146
2. Sean Yi, Thomas Jefferson 69-77—146
5. Chase Carlson, Puyallup 77-70—147
5. Tanner Kovacevich, Puyallup 71-76—147
7. Joe Lyon, Bellarmine Prep. 78-70—148
7. Aubrey MacKenzie, Central Kitsap 75-73—148
7. Kelley Sullivan, Skyline 73-75—148
10. Greg Gildea, Bellarmine Prep. 78-71—149
10. Luke Kuna, Snohomish 70-79—149
10. Zack Overstreet, Issaquah 76-73—149
Local finishers
13. Brian Moon, Kamiak 73-77—150
27. Arnold Ha, Jackson 80-75—155
27. Matt Kornegay, Kamiak 80-75—155
32. Dylan Merrill, Edmonds-Woodway 76-81—157
39. Keegan Willis, Snohomish 78-83—161
46. Ryan Kerr, Kamiak 78-88—166
3A Boys State Championship
At Tri-Mountain Golf Course, Ridgefield
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: 1. Interlake 76.5, 2. Bishop Blanchet 65.83, 3. Columbia River 64, 4. Hanford 57.5, 5. Mt. Spokane 45.5, 6. Peninsula 45.5, 7. Stanwood 40, 8. Kelso 31, 9. Bonney Lake 28.5, 10. Kennedy Catholic, Shelton 25.5.
Individual finishers
1. Spencer Tibbits, Fort Vancouver 70-70—140
2. Frank Garber, Juanita 73-68—141
3. Halen Davis, Stanwood 73-72—145
4. Grant Cole, Interlake 72-74—146
5. Eric Dahl, Hanford 75-75—150
5. Spencer Long, Columbia River 71-79—150
7. Zach Ng, Mountain View 77-74—151
8. Andy Liu, Interlake 81-71—152
9. Adam Barker, Peninsula 74-79—153
9. Spencer Clapp, Decatur 78-75—153
9. Trent Jones, Shorecrest 77-76—153
Local finishers
18. Stuart Schachle, Shorewood 77-79—156
34. Trevor Frisby, Meadowdale 81-79—160
38. Matt Jenson, Mountlake Terrace 80-81—161
40. Mac Kerfoot, Oak Harbor 79-84—163
47. Chase Anderson, Stanwood 81-88—169
2A Boys State Championship
At Chambers Bay, University Place
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: 1. Bellingham 107.5, 2. Clarkston 68.5, 3. East Valley (Yakima) 59, 4. Lynden 53, 5. Klahowya 47.5, 6. Archbishop Murphy 46.5, 7. Hockinson 35, 8. Capital 29.5, 9. Port Angeles 18, 10. Sumner 7.5.
Individual finishers
1. Matt Maresse, Sammamish 65-68—133
2. Cody Roth, Bellingham 73-71—144
2. Aaron Whalen, Ephrata 71-73—144
4. Joe Harvie, Orting 73-75—148
5. Erza Arneson, Lynden 72-77—149
5. Andrew Raab, East Valley (Yakima) 74—75—149
7. Joe Baldeck, Clarkston HS 75-75—150
8. Diego DeLa Torre, Hockinson 74-77—151
9. Connor Atkinson, Burlington-Edison 78-78—156
9. Ben Thacker, Archbishop Murphy 79-77—156
Local finishers
25. Sean Goldfinch, Archbishop Murphy 79-89—168GIRLS GOLF
4A Girls State Championship
At Club Green Meadows
18 holes, par 73
Team scores: 1. Bellarmine Prep 181.5, 2. Eastlake 98, 3. Pasco 44, 4. Kentridge 43.5, 5. Kamiak 41; 6. Battle Ground 35, 7. Camas 33.5, 8. Redmond 33.5, 9. Mead 28.5, 10. Kentwood 25.5.
Individual finishers
1. Alivia Brown, Bellarmine Prep. 76-72—148
2. Sierra Kersten, Lewis and Clark 73-76—149
3. Marianne Li, Newport (Bellevue) 76-75—151
4. Katie Lee, Central Kitsap 75-77—152
5. Olivia Benzin, Bellarmine Prep. 78-75—153
6. Ashley Fitzgibbons, Eastlake 79-76—155
7. Kelly Hooper, Gonzaga Preparatory 77-79—156
7. Stephanie Sewell, Kentridge 78-78—156
9. Maddie Nelson, Eastlake 78-79—157
10. Jamie Midkiff, Eastlake 76-83—159
Local finishers
19. Katherine Choi, Kamiak 85-86—171
27. Renee Kwak, Kamiak 87-89—176
36. Hannah Lee, Kamiak 90-92—182
38. Olivia Kim, Kamiak 90-94—184
3A Girls State Championship
At Lewis River Golf Course, Woodland
18 holes, par 72
Team scores: 1. Mt. Spokane 125.50, 2. Mountain View 69.50, 3. Kennedy Catholic 63.50, 4. Southridge 53.50, 5. Mercer Island 51.00, 6. Interlake 46.50, 7. Kamiakin 33.50, 8. Bellevue 33.00, 9. Glacier Pea 25.00, 10. Enumclaw 19.50.
Individual finishers
1. Rachel Fujitani, Mercer Island 73-73—146
2. Sarah Rhee, Ingraham 74-73—147
3. Sierra Bezdicek, Mt. Spokane 72-79—151
4. Aleana Groenhout, Interlake 82-80—162
5. Catherine Warner, Southridge 82-81—163
6. Annie Leete, Oak Harbor 82-82—164
7. Caitlin Maralack, Mt. Si 80-85—165
8. Megan Billeter, Mt. Spokane 82-85—167
8. Bridget Standard, Fort Vancouver 84-83—167
10. McKenna Boit, Eastside Catholic 83-86—169
10. Jenna’e LeComte, Mountain View 85-84—169
Local finishers
18. Megan Christie, Glacier Peak 89-87—176
37. Erika Stromerson, Glacier Peak 91-98—189

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